|Minimum Stay||1 - 7 nights|
Dittisham - An ideal holiday home on the River Dart.
Sleeps 8/12 - 1 double bedroom, 3 twin bedrooms and bunk-room with 4 full length bunk-beds suitable for children or teenagers. Huge roof sun-deck ideal for sunbathing. Wonderful views over the river. Private quay. Garden with barbecue. 2 acres of woodland and grounds.
A perfect base from which to explore the South Hams and its many attractions.
We chose Viper’s Quay for a May break on the basis of earlier reviews and were delighted. Devon hedgerows full of wild flowers on the way and when we got there location, ambience, comfort and facilities all lived up to earlier comments. We particularly enjoyed all the local prints, pictures and maps on the walls - great and eclectic collection of books too. Pleased too to find such a range of herbs in the kitchen racks when we needed a little Oregano. Every need seems to have been thought of.
Chose VQ also for the 55+ recommendations of previous reviewers as one of our party had limited mobility, and because the house was effectively on one level with a walk-in shower. It worked out fine in every respect and provided much interest and a splendid outlook if she just chose to sit and look. We found that the hills proved no challenge to a good mobility scooter, although the cattle grids, should you make the walk into Dittisham a few times as we did, can prove an interesting challenge.
The standard of the fish meals at the Anchorstone Cafe in Dittisham is astonishingly high: a local lemon sole that overhung the plate and fat plump scallops in their shells.
Excellent bitter at the Ferryboat Inn.
A lovely relaxing family holiday in a stunning waterside setting a perfect place to sit and enjoy family meals. I last stayed in the property not long after it was completed in 1964 and although many features have been upgraded eg the new smart kitchen it is lovely that many of the modernist quirky features from the 1960s, such as the lighting are still there. The addition of the covered hallway adds a bright useful area particularly useful for storing wet dogs!
We ate out at Bushells in Dartmouth and had a lovely meal but also had great food at the Red Lion in Dittisham. The appearance inside is quirky but dont let this put you off the food was excellent.
The house is spacious, comfortable and well equipped but the icing on the cake is the view, just stunning.
Our group took advantage of the local amenities taking the small ferry from Dittisham to Dartmouth (and back) to shop and lunch, such a relaxing way to travel. The following day we visited Agatha Christie's Greenway, lovely house and grounds, popping in to the Ferry Boat Inn, Dittisham on our way back!
The terrain can be quite challenging for walking and the lanes very narrow re driving but well worth the effort. We found a small public car park in Dittisham but you will have to walk down and more importantly back up if you wish to take the ferry. Greenway is the same but the National Trust run a shuttle to and from the house and ferry if you are unable to make the walk.
We were a group of eight ladies who meet annually for a long weekend and we all voted this property in the top three we have visited over the years and will definitely return in the future.
A lovely weekend had by all.
We had our annual family gathering at Viper's Quay this last early May Bank holiday. It's a converted boathouse right on the River Dart at Dittisham. It's opposite Greenways (Agatha Christie's old house) and has fabulous views down the river. We saw plenty of wildlife including a couple of seals! The location is very rural and very peaceful, being surrounded by farm-land and down a long drive. There are plentiful walks, including a stroll into Dittisham to a great Cafe and adjacent Pub. The house is very well equipped with five bedrooms comfortably sleeping 10 - 12 (the last room is a four berth bunk room - great for children). It's obviously a well loved family retreat and has everything required for a comfortable existence. We absolutely loved it and expect to return many times in future! This really is a 12/10 experience!
A large group of 11 adults have spent an excellent week at Vipers Quay, wining, dining and enjoying the outstanding views offered by this well located property. The property is well equipped and more than large enough to accommodate our party ,plenty of space so that no-one got under anybody else's feet . Comfortable and clean with good customer service from the owner.
The small village of Dittisham is a delight, ferry boats take you either across the river to Greenways, Agatha Christies' holiday home, or down river to Dartmouth (with return trips available). If you are lucky enough to catch the tide right then you can get picked up or dropped off at your own private quay alongside the house. Many interesting locations are within striking distance of here, coastal to country, houses to gardens. If you are after a more active holiday then golfing, sailing and walking are all available on the doorstep.
This was our second visit here and enjoyed every minute of it just as much as the first, I would definitely recommend this to friends and relatives.
I have just returned from an absolutely fabulous week staying in one of the best properties ever! For anyone who has ever taken the ferry boat from Dartmouth to Dittisham, you cannot help but see Vipers Quay and wonder who might be lucky enough to live in it! It's location is stunning with the main living area almost feeling like it is floating on the River Dart. The views are incredible. It just takes your breath away! The property is extremely well equipped and is ideal for a family or group of friends. The only slight drawback for some might be the steepish walk to Dittisham which is not for the faint hearted, but this is really only a very minor comment. I would love to return, in fact I would love to live there!!
New kitchen is lovely, although we almost missed the retro orange! Views to die for, as usual, nothing beats that river view first thing in the morning! Vipers is always clean and has lots of beds and bathrooms so ideal for many family and friends. Kayaking wonderful from the jetty, Sammy the seal spotted, weather tremendous
Dittisham, an attractive village dating back to Domesday, lies about 3 miles upstream from Dartmouth and is a perfect base from which to explore the beautiful South Hams area.
The village has two pubs, a popular riverside cafe and an exceptionally good village shop.
There is a half-hourly water bus to Dartmouth, from where river cruises go to Totnes. Both these ancient towns have good shopping and excellent restaurants.
The river provides endless opportunities for entertainment, and boats - both sailing and motor - can be hired in the village or in Dartmouth. There is good fishing in the river and several local boats provide sea fishing trips.
The area provides a wide variety of things to do and see - attractions to suit all ages and interests. There are several sandy beaches and golf courses within easy range. Steam railways run from Totnes to Buckfastleigh, where there is an otter centre; and from Kingswear, on the opposite bank to Dartmouth, to Paignton. There is a delightful zoo at Paignton, a charming children's zoo at Totnes, a model village (popular with children) at Babbacombe, and an excellent theme park at Blackawton (5m). There are several glorious gardens and National Trust and other historic properties in the vicinity, - Greenway House, once the home of Agatha Christie, is just across the river, reached by ferry from the village.
For more information see our website www.vipersquay.co uk.
Shopping: There is a Sainsbury's and a Lidl just before Dartmouth and a Morrison's at Totnes.
On-line shopping/delivery is available from Tesco and Sainsbury's. There is an exceptionally good village shop (& post office) in the Red Lion pub where groceries, newspapers and a very wide range of other items can be obtained
Other Activities: Horse riding
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£200|
Short breaks of 3 days (weekend - Friday to Sunday) or 4 days (midweek - Monday to Thursday) can be booked except during high season, bank holidays and school half terms. Short break booking for these periods is not available until 4 weeks prior to the relevant date. Flexible arrangements can be made for Christmas and New Year.
Changeover day is Friday with checking in from 3pm. Departure 10am.
Where bookings are made more than 6 months in advance a deposit of 30% will be accepted followed by a further instalment of 20% 3 months in advance and a final payment of 50% (plus returnable damage deposit of £200) 6 weeks before commencement of the holiday.
Bookings once made can not be cancelled. Your own insurance is strongly recommended.